Equity & Compliance Services

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Equity & Compliance Services is dedicated to fostering ethical practices. By promoting a culture of equity and compliance, the department strives to advance JWU’s commitment to creating an environment that values integrity as evidenced by shared respect and responsibility.

Areas of Focus

Equity & Compliance Services’ areas of focus include

  • Supporting JWU’s commitment to equity and compliance by embracing diversity and inclusion, and championing ethical decision-making and accountability
  • Facilitating compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing higher education, industry standards and internal policies and procedures
  • Collaborating with JWU departments in their effort to model ethical behavior, with the systematic maintenance and monitoring of related compliance and regulatory requirements
  • Promoting an environment for all community members that is free from illegal discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and relationship violence

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Our services and resources support the JWU mission and guiding principles and are available to all members of the JWU community. They include

  • Working with departments to identify, resolve and mitigate equity and compliance issues, and empowering responsible individuals and units to systematically translate compliance obligations into action
  • Identifying measures that allow JWU to achieve and manage institutional risk to an acceptable level
  • Serving as another resource for individuals to report concerns of violation of law or university policy. This includes, but is not limited to, illegal harassment or discrimination, sexual misconduct and relationship violence.
  • Assisting community members seeking information about JWU’s Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment Policy and/or Sexual Violence and Relationship Violence Policy
  • Providing and/or coordinating nondiscrimination, sexual misconduct and relationship violence, equity and certain compliance-related trainings

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Resources & Policies

University community members are expected to explore the information below to better understand JWU’s expectations and policies, as well as available resources related to equity and compliance services:

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Reporting Options

Any employee, student or applicant for employment or admission who is aware or believes that he or she has witnessed or has been subjected to any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment (including sexual harassment or sexual assault) may make a complaint.

How to File a Discrimination or Harassment Report

How to submit an unlawful discrimination or harassment report (choose one of the following):

How to File a Compliance-Related Report

If you know of or suspect fraud, theft or another violation of law or university policy, please submit a report. Reports should be factual, made in good faith, and contain as much specific information as possible. Written reports are encouraged to support a clear understanding of the issues. Anonymous and oral reports are accepted.

Review JWU’s Policy Governing Reporting Misconduct and Whistleblowing (PDF) for more information. The Policy Governing Reporting Misconduct and Whistleblowing does not authorize an individual to conduct any investigative procedures or obtain evidence for which he or she does not have a right to access. Doing so may constitute a violation of law or university policy.

An individual who makes a good faith complaint will be protected against any form of retaliation. JWU employees may not retaliate against a whistleblower with the intent or effect of adversely impacting the terms of conditions of employment.

How to submit a compliance-related report (choose one of the following):

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Title IX Coordinator

Any person who is aware or believes that they have witnessed or been subjected to any form of unlawful gender discrimination or harassment (including sexual harassment, sexual assault and relationship violence) may make a report to the Title IX Coordinator. This individual is a trained and neutral resource, and can take your report, provide you with resources and answer questions about university policy.

  • Matthias Rubekeil, JD, Title IX coordinator, Remington Building, 91 Friendship Street, 2nd Floor | 401-598-2703

Contact the Title IX Coordinator in order to:

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Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against any person, on the basis of sex, by any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance, and prohibits exclusion of any person, on the basis of sex, from participating in or being denied the benefits of any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Title IX states that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies.

A recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing conduct that violates Title IX, or making charges, testifying, or participating in any complaint action under Title IX.

More about Title IX at JWU

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Contact Our Team

Equity & Compliance Services develops initiatives and approaches related to its areas of focus that promote and provide support to the JWU community. Contact us if you have questions or need guidance for a specific situation.

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